Wednesday 7 January 2015

Review: Zardonic – 'For Justice'

ZARDONIC 'For Justice'

Venezuelan one-man “bass metal” barrage Federico Agreda Alvarez, AKA Zardonic has been shaking things up for over a decade now. As a regular on the DJ scene he has performed alover the world with his furious blending electronic genres such as glitch hop, electro, drum & bass, and hardcore techno with extreme metal. Zardonic has amassed an impressive array of original material with albums such as 'Vulgar Display Of Bass', and remixed the likes of The Berzerker, Anaal Nathrakh, Satyricon, Gorgoroth, and Sepultura. Now his latest single/EP 'For Justice' sees Alvarez push forward into 2015.

The track starts with a stuttering distorted riff before erupting into an rave tinged metal barrage that will appeal to fans of Cubanate, Be My Enemy, Atari Teenage Riot and the latest work from Combichrist. It is hard fast dance-friendly metal that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and throws you into the pit.

The EP includes a couple of remixes for good measure. The extended vocal mix and instrumental mix don't really bring anything new to the table, but the fact that they're slightly longer still means they're enjoyable nonetheless. However the drum and bass remix courtesy on South Africans Counterstrike adds a bit more madness to the proceedings and rounds the EP off with a great alternative for the DJs out there.

Zardonic may be an acquired taste – to dance-friendly for metal fans and too metal for dance fans, but there is no denying Alvarez's talent continues to grow with every release. This is a single that not only blends the best of both worlds, but does it in a highly polished and flawlessly produced way. With tracks like this, Zardonic's stock in the dance and metal worlds will continue to rise. 

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